Buying the right treadmill is tough. With so many models available, it can be hard to pare the list down to a few models and avoid paying a fortune. Keep these tips in mind to avoid getting lost in a maze of features and price points.
1. Set a Budget
While buying the cheapest model isn’t recommended, it isn’t necessary to buy the most expensive treadmill either. Do some online searching to get an idea of what a good quality, durable treadmill costs, and decide how much you’re willing to pay. Typically, these treadmills cost between $1,500 and $3,000. Rather than deciding on a single price, choose a range like $1,700-$2,000, which will make it much easier to compare features.
2. Focus on Dimensions
Most people have limited space for their home gym, making the size of the treadmill an important factor. Measure the room where the treadmill will be placed. Bring a tape measure along for a comparison shopping expedition. The tape measure can provide a helpful visual in the showroom, and eliminate models that are too big.
3. Indispensable Features
Each user will likely differ when it comes to which treadmill features are “must haves.” Some people can’t imagine having to use a treadmill that doesn’t have a fan in the console. Others are more focused on the ability to customize workout plans. Regardless of which features are considered indispensable, the right treadmill will be relatively easy to use. This means that the console is easy to interact with, making it simple to adjust things like incline and speed at the touch of a button. It may also be important to look for a treadmill that comes with a variety of pre-programmed workouts to keep things interesting.
4. Take Several Models for a Test Drive
All treadmills are different. Even treadmills that are of relatively the same quality and price can feel vastly different to the user. That’s why it’s never a good idea to buy a treadmill without taking it for a significant test run. This means heading to the store wearing workout clothes and running shoes. Be willing to stay on a single treadmill for 20 minutes to half an hour while experimenting with speeds and learning about the user interface. Of course, it isn’t enough to do this with just one treadmill. Try at least two or three contenders to get a feel for which one may be the right one.
5. Don’t Rush
Salespeople may try to exert a massive amount of pressure to get shoppers to take home a treadmill immediately. Don’t give in to high pressure tactics, as this almost always results in buyer’s remorse. When it comes right down to it, it’s your money that’s being spent and no one understands your personal fitness goals like you do. A quality treadmill will be just as desirable tomorrow as it is today. If you don’t like the way you’re treated by one retailer, take your business elsewhere.